Third time a charm for Delmarva ESA District

The Malibu’s Classic ESA surf contest sponsored by Malibu’s Surf Shop on 8th Street in Ocean City, Md., ran for it’s 14th year this past Saturday, July 12, in great waves, compliments of Hurricane Bertha, situated just below Bermuda.

Courtesy of • Kelsey Willison: Caleb Buchler prepares for lift-off on a clean Hurricane Bertha swell at the Malibu’s Classic in Ocean City, Md.Courtesy of • Kelsey Willison
Caleb Buchler prepares for lift-off on a clean Hurricane Bertha swell at the Malibu’s Classic in Ocean City, Md.

This was the third Eastern Surfing Association event for the Delmarva district this year, and co-directors Chris Vaxmonsky and Chris Makibbin were thrilled to have yet another contest run with great waves and great conditions.

More than 225 competitors from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Florida duked it out in some serious swell.

While the classic waves kept the action in the water hot, Lee Gerachis kept the contestants pumped up with the bands Lower Class Citizens and The Bends jamming on the front porch of his shop and hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. For the surfers, it was literally like an all-day surf party.

With plenty of power and wave size to work with, contestants were able to pull out all the stops and put on a real show for the hundreds of spectators lining the beach.

But for many of the groms in the contest that day, the real prize were the waves themselves. The look of complete stoke on a kids face as he came blasting out of a tube was classic. And it happened repeatedly all day long.

Speaking of groms, Malibu’s Super Grom division for boys and girls needing a little more assistance was a big hit again this year. Especially considering the size of some of the set waves, it was comforting to have Mom or Dad helping out a bit. Parker Marshall of Pocomoke, Md., took top place in the Super Grom Body Board and Jack Fager of Bishopville won the Super Grom Short Board division.

However, when the big boys and girls took to the water, the fireworks really started. With barrels the order of the day and the occasional reverb in the waves, the surfing was almost as exciting to watch as it was to participate.

A highlight of the contest was the aerial mastery of ESA All Star Vince Boulanger, who dominated the Men’s Shortboard division and almost pulled off one of the only Gorkin Flips seen in a local contest.

In the highly contested Open Shortboard Division, Ian Tilghman, home from college on summer break, comboed a sweet barrel and a floater in the final seconds to take first place.

Longboards were especially challenging when the backwash met changing tidal conditions. There were more than a few horrific wipeouts. But in the Men’s Division, big Ted Smith showed them how it was done as he deftly negotiated the challenging waves on his 9’-0” to take first place.

Check out the Eastern Surfing Association Delmarva District’s Web site at www.DelmarvaESA.org for more information and to view a schedule of upcoming events. Call the toll-free contest info-line at 1-888-632-4742 for the latest contest update and location.

Results for the 14th Annual Malibu’s Classic were:

Super Grom Body Board

(boys/girls 11 or younger)

1. Parker Marshall of Pocomoke, Md.

2. Simon Hetrick of Harrisburg, Pa.

3. Mickey Thane of Ocean City, Md.

4. Danton Boulanger of Ocean City, Md.

5. Conrad Gerachis of Ocean City, Md.

Super Grom Short Board

(boys/girls 11 or younger)

1. Jack Fager of Bishopville, Md.

2. Evan Conboy of Bishopville, Md.

3. Simon Hetrick of Harrisburg, Pa.

4. Claire Porter of Berlin, Md.

5. Melissa Harrell of Ocean View

6. Conrad Gerachis of Ocean City, Md.

Open Shortboard (all ages)

1. Ian Tilghman of Ocean City, Md.

2. Ted Smitht of Ocean City, Md.

3. Waldon Remington of Ocean Pines, Md.

4. Vince Boulanger of Ocean City, Md.

5. Dillon Harrington of Ocean City, Md.

6. Brady Dashiell of Ocean City, Md.

Menehune Shortboard

(boys/girls 11 or younger)

1. Sam Deeley of Berlin, Md.

2. Myles Deppe of Ocean City, Md.

3. Jack Fager of Bishopville, Md.

4. Evan Conboy of Bishopville, Md.

5. Shane Moore of Berlin, Md.

6. Patrick Ruppert of Indiatlantic, Fla.

7. Simon Hetrick of Harrisburg, Pa.

Girls Shortboard (14 or younger)

1. Emily Ruppert of Indiatlantic, Fla.

2. Claire Zurkowski Havre de Grace, Md.

3. Courtney Genovese of Baltimore, Md.

Boys Shortboard (12-14)

1. Seth Conboy of Bishopville, Md.

2. Brad Flora of Ocean City, Md.

3. Brady Dashiell of Ocean City, Md.

4. Avery Seig of Ocean Pines, Md.

5. Gabe Bell of Berlin, Md.

6. Roland Gerachis of Ocean City, Md.

Junior Men Shortboard (15-17)

1. Dillon Harrington of Ocean City, Md.

2. Austin Deppe of Ocean City, Md.

3. Joey Boulanger of Ocean City, Md.

4. Spencer Ashton of Berlin, Md.

5. Austin Gerachis of Ocean City, Md.

6. Tommy Edmunds of Ocean City, Md.

Junior Women Shortboard (15-17)

1. Kelly Powell of Ocean City, Md.

2. Rachel Harrell of Ocean View

3. Jenna Landon of Newark, Md.

4. Meegan Smith of Ocean City, Md.

Men Shortboard (18-24)

1. Vince Boulanger of Ocean City, Md.

2. Aviad Sasi of Ocean City, Md.

3. Mikey Lawson of Ocean Pines, Md.

4. Waldon Remington of Ocean Pines, Md.

5. Sam Svenson of Bethany Beach

6. Dan Baumgardner of Berlin, Md.

Women Shortboard (18-29)

1. Kelsey Willison of Berlin, Md.

2. Kelcey Bodolus of Ocean Pines, Md.

3. Laurel Harrington of Berlin, Md.

4. Mackenzie White of Berlin, Md.

5. Caitlin Whalan of Ocean City, Md.

6. Jen Abrams of Seaford

Masters Shortboard (25-34)

1. Ted Smith of Ocean City, Md.

2. Chris Makibbin of Ocean City, Md.

3. Rhett Cherivtch of Pittsville, Md.

4. Pat Merkle of Street, Md.

5. Jack Thomas of Chincoteague, Va.

6. Jess Baunhoffer of Baltimore, Md.

Ladies Shortboard (30 or older)

1. Bonnie Preziosi of Berlin, Md.

Senior Men Shortboard (35-44)

1. Keith White of Frankford

2. Chris Vaxmonsky Ocean Pines, Md.

3. Brendon Hanley of Ocean City, Md.

4. Craig Garfield of Ocean City, Md.

Grand Masters (45-54)

1. Chris Tilghman of Ocean City, Md.

2. Doug Brown of Ocean City, Md.

3. Paul Zurkowski of Havre de Grace, Md.

4. Dean Thompson of Selbyville

5. J.D. Moore of Berlin, Md.

Legends Shortboard (55-64)

1. Bill Helmuth of Ocean Pines, Md.

2. Brett Buchler of Fenwick Island

Grand Legends Shortboard (65 or older)

1. Bryant Hungerford of Ocean City, Md.

Open Bodyboard (all ages)

1. Jake Buchler of Fenwick Island

2. Caleb Buchler of Fenwick Island

3. Matt Landon of Newark, Md.

4. Ty Webb of Ocean View

5. Josh Mitchell of Berlin, Md.

6. Jacob Ahlfeldt of Selbyville

Menehune Bodyboard

(boys/girls 14 or younger)

1. Zachary Mitchell of Berlin, Md.

2. Matt Meekins of Berlin, Md.

3. Michael Murray of Ocean City, Md.

4. Ryan Thane of Ocean City, Md.

5. Brady Cooling of Bishopville, Md.

6. Colin May of Ocean Pines, Md.

Menehune Longboard

(boys/girls 14 or younger)

1. Brady Dashiell of Ocean City, Md.

2. Sam Deeley of Berlin, Md.

3. Ryder Lahr of Berlin, Md.

4. Roland Gerachis of Ocean City, Md.

5. Ben Vaxmonsky of Ocean Pines, Md.

6. Robert Fernandez of Chincoteague, Va.

Junior Longboard (15-17)

1. Spencer Ashton of Berlin, Md.

2. Jake Buchler of Fenwick Island

3. Matt Meinhardt of Ocean City, Md.

4. Austin Cook of Berlin, Md.

5. R.J. Smith of Ocean City, Md.

6. Tanner Jennings of Salisbury, Md.

Men’s Longboard (18-34)

1. Ted Smith of Ocean City, Md.

2. Chris Makibbin of Ocean City, Md.

3. Pat Merkle of Street, Md.

4. J.T. Hazard of Ocean City, Md.

5. Zac Jester of Chincoteague, Va.

6. Aviad Sasi of Ocean City, Md.

Women’s Longboard (29 or younger)

1. Rachel Harrell of Ocean View

2. Kelsey Willison of Berlin, Md.

3. Chelsea Remines of Berlin, Md.

4. Kaitlyn Curran of Berlin, Md.

Ladies Longboard (30 or older)

1. Beth Deeley of Berlin, Md.

2. Bonnie Preziosi of Berlin, Md.

3. Ann Cook of Ocean City, Md.

Masters Longboard (35-49)

1. Chris Vaxmonsky of Ocean Pines, Md.

2. Doug Brown of Ocean City, Md.

3. Jeff Jester of Ocean City, Md.

4. Craig Garfield of Ocean City, Md.

5. Michael Harrington of Ocean City, Md.

6. Brendon Hanley of Ocean City, Md.

Legends Longboard (50 or older)

1. Chris Tilghman of Ocean City, Md.

2. Dean Thomson of Selbyville

3. Bill Helmuth of Ocean Pines, Md.

4. Bill Thompson of Ocean City, Md.